Month

May 2016
Q:      I have been hearing about some recent changes made to the federal overtime compensation laws. All of our teachers and administrators are currently exempt (not eligible for overtime). Am I going to have to start paying my teachers overtime?!  A:     No. While the new rules may have an impact on...
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Q:      Our district requires teachers be evaluated every 3 years, even if the teacher waives evaluation. With the new T-TESS evaluation program coming out, we would like to evaluate new teachers in 16-17, but this would require noncompliance with our current 3-year rotation. Can we skip our veteran teachers up for evaluation in 16-17...
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Q:        Last month, my Board voted to terminate an employee’s probationary contract against my strong objection. Even after I recommended her contract for renewal, the Board acted to terminate. Can they do that? A:        Yes. While the Superintendent has the authority to make recommendations regarding personnel, the Board is free to accept or reject these...
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Q:        Our district renewed contracts back in February. Employees were required to sign and return the contract on or before April 10, 2016. After several reminders, one teacher has yet to return her signed contract. She has a probationary contract and we were on the fence about renewing—her failure to return the contract pushed us...
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